psoralen

noun
pso·ra·len | \ ˈsȯr-ə-lən \

Definition of psoralen 

: a substance C11H6O3 found in some plants that photosensitizes mammalian skin and is used in conjunction with ultraviolet light to treat psoriasis also : any of various derivatives of psoralen having similar properties

First Known Use of psoralen

1933, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for psoralen

New Latin Psoralea, genus of plants from which it is isolated + English -en, alteration of -ene

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psoralen

noun
pso·ra·len | \ ˈsȯr-ə-lən \

Medical Definition of psoralen 

: a substance C11H6O3 found in some plants that photosensitizes mammalian skin and is used in conjunction with ultraviolet light to treat psoriasis also : any of various derivatives of psoralen having similar properties — see puva

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